- Monte Barrett
Sports writer Robert Brizel ringside with Monte Barrett
Statistics Nickname(s) Two Gunz Rated at Heavyweight Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Reach 78 in (198 cm) Nationality American Born May 26, 1971
Greenville, North Carolina
Stance Orthodox Boxing record Total fights 46 Wins 35 Wins by KO 20 Losses 9 Draws 2
Monte Barrett (born May 26, 1971) is an American professional heavyweight boxer. He was regarded by many as a tough gatekeeper and was a former WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight Champion and current WBO Asia Pacific Heavyweight and WBO Oriental Heavyweight champion. Barrett fought the top heavyweight fighters during his career, winning against several prospects.
Amateur and professional career
Barrett was 37-3 as an amateur. As a professional, Barrett lost his first bout against Lance Whitaker on August 28, 1998, after 21 consecutive wins. He won a heavyweight title (albeit a regional one) later. Barrett fought Phil Jackson for the vacant WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight title on April 3, 1999. On July 15, 2000, Barrett rose 5 times against future International Boxing Federation heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, but ultimately was knocked out after 3 knockdowns in the 7th round. He also fought contender Joe Mesi in a fight that saw both fighters go down but one in which, ultimately, Mesi prevailed by ten round majority decision. Barrett defeated prospects Dominick Guinn and Owen Beck, the latter in an elimination bout for a shot at either the IBF title (then held by Chris Byrd) or the WBC title (then held by Vitali Klitschko). After Klitschko injured his back, Barrett fought Hasim Rahman for the WBC interim title and lost by unanimous decision after 12 rounds.
Despite his loss, he fought World Boxing Association heavyweight champion Nikolay Valuev in October at Rosemont, Illinois. Barrett lost via technical knockout in the 11th round. Barrett was knocked down in the eighth and eleventh rounds, but managed to get up. After being knocked down for the second time in the eleventh round, his trainer, James Ali Basheer, jumped into the ring to stop the fight.
Barrett was beaten in the second round in a July 2007 bout against Cliff Couser. Barrett avenged this loss in a December 2007 rematch in which he stopped Couser in the second round. After knocking out Damon Reed, Barrett knocked out Tye Fields in the first round on June 28, 2008, his last win.
Barrett lost to former cruiserweight champion David Haye (who was also the promoter of the fight) on November 15, 2008, at the O2 arena in London, by knockout at 1;28 fifth round, after being put down five times in the fight. Haye then beat Nicolai Valuev, who had beaten Monte by an eleventh round stoppage in October 2006, to win the WBA's share of the world heavyweight title.
On July 17, 2010 Barrett drew against David Tua in his final fight. Tua dominated the early rounds through aggression, but Barrett took control in the later rounds and scored a knockdown in the 12th (knocking down Tua for the first time in his professional career). The bout resulted in a controversial draw (as a point was also deducted from Tua in round 12 for throwing Barrett to the canvas) with two judges scoring the fight 113-113 and the third a 115-111 result to Tua. On August 7, 2010, appearing ringside at a fight card at Aviator Arena in Brooklyn, New York, in a brief interview, Barrett confirmed his retirement from the ring and his intention to take a job offered to him in private industry. On August 21, 2010, Barrett entered the ring at The Prudential Center in Newark after IBF International heavyweight champion Tomas Adamek won a decision over Michael Grant. Seeking to come out of retirement, Barrett congratulated and challenged Adamek to a 12 round bout. However, after fighting to an eight round draw in Virginia with Charles Davis in January 2011, Barrett began training for a rematch with David Tua which was to be held in New Zealand. On August 13, 2011, Barrett defeated Tua via unanimous decision and successfully won the WBO Asia Pacific and WBO Oriental Heavyweight titles.
Barrett resides in the Tri-State with his Fiance Shanequa and eight year old son Brandon
Professional boxing record
35 Wins (20 knockouts, 15 decisions), 9 Losses (5 knockouts, 4 decisions), 2 Draws  Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes Win 35-9-2 David Tua UD 12 13/08/2011 TelstraClear Pacific, Manukau City, New Zealand Won WBO Asia Pacific and WBO Oriental Heavyweight titles. Draw 34-9-2 Charles Davis MD 8 22/01/2011 The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, United States Draw 34-9-1 David Tua MD 12 17/07/2010 Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States For WBO Asia Pacific & WBO Oriental Heavyweight titles. Loss 34–9 Alexander Ustinov UD 12 12/12/2009 PostFinance Arena, Berne, Switzerland For vacant WBA International Heavyweight title. Loss 34–8 Odlanier Solis TKO 2 (10) 10/10/2009 Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States For WBC International Heavyweight title. Loss 34–7 David Haye TKO 5 (10) 15/11/2008 O2 Arena (Millenium Dome), Greenwich, London, England, United Kingdom Win 34–6 Tye Fields KO 1 (10) 28/06/2008 Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Win 33–6 Damon Reed KO 2 (8) 02/02/2008 944 Super Village at Stetson Canal, Scottsdale, Arizona, United States Win 32–6 Cliff Couser TKO 2 (6) 06/12/2007 Paradise Theater, Bronx, New York, United States Loss 31–6 Cliff Couser TKO 2 (10) 07/07/2007 Harbour Yard Arena, Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States Loss 31–5 Nikolay Valuev TKO 11 (12) 07/10/2006 Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois, United States For WBA World Heavyweight title. Loss 31–4 Hasim Rahman UD 12 (12) 13/08/2005 United Center, Chicago, Illinois, United States For interim WBC Heavyweight title. Win 31–3 Owen Beck TKO 9 (12) 05/02/2005 Savvis Center, Saint Louis, Missouri, United States WBC & IBF Heavyweight title eliminator. Win 30–3 Dominick Guinn SD 10 27/03/2004 Alltell Arena, Little Rock, Arkansas, United States Loss 29–3 Joe Mesi MD 10 06/12/2003 Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States Win 29–2 Eric Kirkland TKO 10 (10) 03/10/2003 Sandia Casino, Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States Win 28–2 Robert Wiggins SD 10 (10) 08/03/2003 Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut, United States Win 27–2 Terry Porter UD 6 08/03/2003 Marconi Automotive Museum, Tustin, California, United States Win 26–2 Robert Davis UD 10 28/09/2001 Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Win 25–2 Tim Witherspoon SD 10 08/06/2001 Turning Stone Casino, Verona, New York, United States Win 24–2 Mario Cawley TKO 9 (10) 07/01/2001 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Loss 23–2 Wladimir Klitschko TKO 7 (10) 15/07/2000 New London Arena, Millwall, London, England, United Kingdom Win 23–1 Jimmy Thunder TKO 7 (10) 24/02/2000 Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, New York, United States Win 22–1 Derrick Banks UD 10 27/01/2000 Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, New York, United States Loss 21–1 Lance Whitaker SD 10 28/08/1999 Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Lost WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight title. Win 21–0 Tim Ray KO 1 (8) 25/07/1999 Harrah's Casino, Kansas City, Missouri, United States Win 20–0 Phil Jackson UD 12 03/04/1999 New Frontier Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won vacant WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight title. Win 19–0 Greg Page UD 10 23/10/1998 Trump Marina Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Win 18–0 Bryant Smith UD 10 11/09/1998 Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, New York, United States Win 17–0 Derek Amos TKO 8 (10) 19/06/1998 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Win 16–0 Louis Monaco UD 6 09/05/1998 Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Win 15–0 Jeff Pegues TKO 1 (?) 27/03/1998 Trump Marina Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Win 14–0 Guy Sonnenberg TKO 4 (8) 16/01/1998 Trump Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Win 13–0 Santiago De Paula TKO 3 (8) 21/11/1997 Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, New York, United States Win 12–0 Val Smith TKO 6 (?) 01/11/1997 Apollo Theater, New York, New York, United States Win 11–0 Billy Lewis KO 1 (?) 02/10/1997 Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States Win 10–0 Kevin Brister TKO 1 (?) 13/07/1997 Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, New York, United States Win 9–0 Juan Quintana PTS 6 17/05/1997 Dover, New Hampshire, United States Win 8–0 Lee Alhassan PTS 6 01/05/1997 Asbury Park Convention Hall, Asbury Park, New Jersey, United States Win 7–0 Ron McCarthy PTS 6 14/03/1997 Pepsi Arena, Albany, New York, United States Win 6–0 Russell Perry KO 1 (?) 31/01/1997 Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, New York, United States Win 5–0 Frank Grazier KO 1 (?) 21/01/1997 Grand Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, United States Win 4–0 Mitchell Rose PTS 4 08/11/1996 Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, New York, United States Win 3–0 Andre Horne TKO 1 (4) 05/10/1996 Caesar's Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Win 2–0 Scott Marcantonio TKO 1 (?) 18/09/1996 Music Fair, Westbury, New York, United States Win 1–0 Jamal Edwards TKO 1 (?) 16/08/1996 Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, New York, United States
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